consent decree: Meaning and Definition of

consent' decree"

Pronunciation: [key]
— Law. Law.
  1. an agreement, approved by the court, pursuant to which the defendant ceases activities alleged by the government to be illegal and the government's action is dropped, esp. in antitrust and other regulatory matters.
  2. an agreement made in court by the parties to settle a suit in equity.
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